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I am curious as to what time frame you foresee starting sales on the liquid cooled vanguard 35 high transom? Also have you sent out a lot of high transom models and what have the responses been like? I have had the luxury of trying out the Kawasaki on a 20x44 go-devil boat. I am sold on the liquid cooled motors due to the high heat and humidity here in south Florida. I had one idea... have you ever thought of moving the trim switch into the end of the handle for thumb operation? Not that you need any advice.
Thanks for your time,
photo courtesy - Rick McCurley
Wanted to let you know that I had a customer call me last night. He is an older fellow and got that first 23 that we got in. He said he is HIGHLY impressed with the hyper. He wanted to go with the 23 b/c several places he hunts has a 25HP limit. He put the 23 on an 18'48" washata flatbottom boat. He told me that on Saturday they took a new GPS and with 2 people, a dog, and all hunting gear and they consistently got between 20-21MPH out of that sucker.
-- 10/3/04 --
Today we ran it here and there and found on giant mud flat that with me (210#) and my buddy (190#) that the 24 Honda Hyper had a top speed of 25.9 mph (per Garmin Etrex Legend GPS). By myself, I topped at 26.6mph. We were running in about 6-8 inches of water. These numbers are legit and are not inflated!
One thing I am impressed with about the Hyper is the ability to steer in timber over typical longtail(s). Obviously has the speed when you need it and the power to push a load in open water.
For what its worth, I
took most of those pictures. So thanks. Duckmeister did get the pic of the
coppehead while I was busy cleaning out my drawers after he bit me on the
boot. He gnawed on duckmeister's waders a bit, too.
Here's the rest of the story.....
I don't have any use for those mud motors. I do not care for them at all. After duckmeister came up last winter with that thing that he had at the time, I knew they were all crap.
That being said....I had a good time playing with the Hyper this weekend. We went places in those swamps where beavers get stuck and turn around. Duckmeister could actually steer this one and was able to control it (unlike the long tail one he used to have). It actually went fast enough to fight a current (also unlike his old one). We took that thing far beyond anything I expected it to do. I was actually impressed.
The speeds he was claiming were legitimate, because I GPSed them myself. He (surprisingly) did not inflate them. And everything he said about the motor mount was true. When they get that kink out of the program, and make it where you can bolt the motor onto the boat (like a real motor), they will have a good product. It was way tougher than I ever expected and took more abuse than I thought was possible.
For a fee, I'll give coordinates to the "boat ramp" that we used to get this thing a good work out. I'll even guide you through the swamps, as long as I don't have to get out and push when you get it stuck.
We had a blast!!!
24 Honda - 1546 Xpress: Heck yeah, I got 25.9 with me and another fella @ Tigrett WMA in NW TN. 26.6 having removed the cooler of drinks and my buddy. I have no problem running 22-23 with everything I carry hunting. The blind isn't on the boat, but only weighs about 70 lbs. In all honesty, the motor really is too much for the boat. Some idiot that doesn't have the sensor in their brain to slow down at odark thirty when in a swamp or timber will get hurt running this motor on a small light boat. Come next summer I am going to sell this Xpress and put this 24 on a GT. Corry Morrow, TX
photo courtesy - Chelsea Shumake
Gentlemen,Just a note to tell you how much I am enjoying my Gator Trax boat with 27 hp Mud Buddy motor. It is really a fantastic boat, very comfortable to fish out of and with the motor guide great white 54 trolling motor on the bow it is an excellent back water craft. Can't wait for duck hunting season. I bought my boat and motor from Valdosta Mud Buddy, Paul Arnold, who is first class and a real great guy to deal with. The boat has exceeded all expectations. Sincerely, Lee Huszagh
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK GLENN AND ALL THE STAFF AT MUDBUDDY FOR BUILDING SUCH A QUALITY PIECE. ( HYPER 35)
WE JUST STARTED OUR SEASON TWO DAY AGO, I JUST WANTED TO LET THE GUYS ON THIS FORUM KNOW HOW HAPPY I AM WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF MY HYPER 35.
I HAVE RUN THE BOAT BEFORE THE SEASON AND DID SOME SCOUTING, THE SPEED WAS INCREDIBLE BUT THE TRUE TEST IS WHEN DUCK SEASON IS OPEN,
MY RIG 1748 GATOR TRAX, HYPER 35,GUN BOX, STORAGE BOX, FULL FLOOR. APPROX 475LBS, FAST GRASS BLIND.
WITH 2 HUNTERS 1-280 LBS AND 1- 220. LBS 2- GUNS
LOTS OF SHELLS, 2- SETS OF WAITERS, 2-12V BATTERY,
35- KEELED DEKES, PLUS COOLER FULL OF DRINKS.
THE RIG PUSHED THRU SWAMP AT 27.9 TO 28.4 MPH
THE SPEED REALLY HELPS AS WE TRAVEL SOME 11 TO 13 MILE INTO THE SWAMP. IT GETS US THERE IN A HURRY.
HERE IS MORE OF A TEST THAT HAPPENED JUST YESTERDAY MORNING, AS I WAS RUNNING TO MY HONEY HOLE I GET A CALL FOR MY COUSIN THAT HIS HONDA 24HP QUIT RUNNING ( LOOKS LIKE SOME TYPE OF VALVE PROBLEM) HE WAS JUST A FEW MILE FROM THE RAMP SO I WENT TO PICK HIM UP. WE STUFFED HIS RIG IN THE TALL GRASS AND I TOOK HIM AND ALL HIS GEAR IN MY BOAT AND SET OFF TO THE HUNTING SPOT.
NOW 3 GUYS, NOT LIGHTWEIGHTS BY NO MEANS , LOADED TO THE GILLS , I HIT THE THROTTLE AND TO MY SURPRISE SHE JUST JUMPED ON STEP AND OFF WE WENT AT 25 MPH . SINCE I WAS A LITTLE LATE I ENDED MAKE SOME SHORT CUTS THRU SOME VERY THINK SAWGRASS( 6' THICK CANE LIKE GRASS) AND THAT BABY JUST BUSTED THRU THERE LIKE IT WASN'T THERE , IF I WOULD HAVE SEE THAT DURING THE DAY I WOULDN'T HAS TRIED TO GO THRU THERE ,IT WAS JUST TO THICK, BUT SOME HOW THE MONSTER HYPER PUSHED US THRU. YOU CAN SAY THAT I AM VERY HAPPY WITH ITS 4X4 LIKE DRIVE TO GET US THRU.
AFTER ALL THAT WE ENDED HUNTED 3 OUT OF THE BOAT AND LIMITED OUT EARLY.
MY COUSIN WAS SO IMPRESSED THAT HE IS NOW ORDERING ONE FOR HIS BOAT.
AT THE RAMP I GAVE ABOUT 6 DEMOS TO OTHER HUNTER THAT WERE THERE AND ASKED IF THE COULD TAKE IT FOR A RIDE
I EXPECT THAT THEY ALL WILL BE ORDERING ONE VERY SOON.
AGAIN THANK YOU MUDBUDDY YOU GUYS ARE FIRST CLASS.
ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE GATOR TRAX A MAJOR THANK YOU FOR BUILDING THE BEST DUCK BOAT OUT THERE. THERE IS NO OTHER DUCK BOAT OUT THE FOR ME ONLY GATOR TRAX.
GATOR TRAX AND HYPERDRIVE THE ULTIMATE DUCK RIG HAND DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!
photo courtesy - Manny Sanchez
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